Harmer, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 873/2/11;WJ Letters (17) to Apsley Cherry-Garrard, 11 October 1913 to 18 December 1922 [Regarding notes and specimens from the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913. The last two letters refer to the emperor penguin egg incident at the museum] 18 leaves, holograph and typescript

Administrative / Biographical History

The correspondence relates to the British Museum (Natural History) and the specimens deposited there from the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott). In his account of the expedition (The worst journey in the world) Cherry-Garrard recounts his visit to the museum with the emperor penguin eggs that he, Edward Adrian Wilson and Henry Robinson Bowers had collected during the winter journey to Cape Crozier.

Related Material

For additional archival material relating to the winter journey and the emperor penguin eggs see SPRI collections GB 015 British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913, GB 015 Apsley Cherry-Garrard and GB 015 Edward Wilson.